Thousands Without Power After Bear Climbs Power Pole

Thousands were without power early in the morning on Sept. 24 after a bear climbed a power pole in the area of Butte Creek Canyon.

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 11:11 AM
Updated: Sep 24, 2018 11:11 AM

BUTTE CREEK CANYON, Calif. - Thousands were without power early on Sept. 24 after a bear climbed a power pole and made contact with high-voltage power lines and equipment. 

The incident happened around 12:40 a.m. in Butte Creek Canyon, downhill from the area of the Nimshew Fire in Magalia. 

The bear was killed upon contact with the power equipment, according to Paul Moreno, a spokesman for PG&E. 

Cal Fire has not yet confirmed whether the incident with the bear is in connection to the vegetation fire that broke out early on Sept. 24 as well. 

There are still around 1,500 without power, which is down from the original 4,500 when the incident occurred. 

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